I attended Want to be a Tech Coach? with Les Foltos and Tina Jada this afternoon. I believe it to be one of the most helpful and informative sessions I have been to this week. Foltos made many key points, stating: if you want to change practice, you need to implement coaching. Workshops and other professional developments provide great resources, but they don't change practice. Additionally, another key point he made was that collaboration amongst teachers is essential to successful pracitce. I believe in these principles in my work as a manager for teacher development. Too often, as a coach, I've had a mindset that I need to have all the answers and simply give them to those I support, but this is far from effective coaching. A good coach works alongside his or her mentees, and a good coach knows that it's okay, and it's right, to pursue solutions together. Coaches need to dig in, model, use the resources or technology with their teachers, and explore different solutions to problems that arise. I look forward to implementing this change in my coaching approach this summer and fall, and I look forward to becoming a more hands-on, collaborative coach with each of my teachers.